South Africa Calls for a Children's Commissioner

childrens commissionerSouth Africa Calls for a Children's Commissioner

Since the start of the year, more than 60 children have been murdered in the Western Cape. It is clear that as a country, we are not effective in protecting and advancing the rights of children. To address these challenges, stakeholders in the children's sector are unanimous that a Children's Commissioner is necessary, and that we urgently need to explore the role, scope and powers of such an office. In September this year, the Draft Western Cape Commissioner for Children Bill 2017 was gazetted. The Bill is currently under review with non-profit organisations (NGOs) and stakeholders in the sector submitting comments for the improvement of the Bill, where a central concern is the lack of independence afforded to the Commissioner in the Bill. The Centre for Early Childhood Development is part of a committee who are drafting a joint NGO submission on the Western Cape Commissioner for Children Bill... READ MORE.